honey, peanut butter, peanut butter recipes

Its Farmers Market Season

I’m super excited to say that I am at my local Farmers Market every Wednesday this year through October. I love this! I am totally in my element connecting with my customers and other vendors who I consider wonderful friends.

I get to sample all my peanut butters and honey, share and receive recipe suggestions and meet all kinds of people from near and far. It’s GREAT!!

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Some days I’m under a downtown canopy and others I am under my own so I’m still figuring out what set up works best with what I have to work with. It gets tricky on those windy days, so packing tape and string come in handy to keep everything secure.

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My spicy peanut butter seems to be a big hit.  With the right mix of Korean red pepper, cayenne pepper and ginger powder it has a nice heat that burns on the way down. This peanut butter can be heated to make a creamy peanut sauce consistency that’s delicious in any Asian dish or drizzled over roasted broccoli and asparagus. One of my customers said she mixed it with lime juice and made a chicken marinade. Grilled the chicken then brushed more spicy pb and lime mixture over it before serving. Sounds incredible!

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Another cool thing about the market is all the great finds! I found these two cuties a couple booths down from me. The perfect plant, they don’t need regular watering.

So if you ever find yourself in Holland Michigan on a Wednesday come to the Farmers Market. Say hi, sample the wonderful products West Michigan has to offer and explore our wonderful town on the water.

 

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2 Step Skin Care

If your like me your skin care regiment has changed drastically through the years depending on the new trend. Fortunately with all the information we have about certain chemicals and additives to women’s skin care and makeup the trend for a while now has gone to natural and DIY formulas. Which leads me to my daily skin care routine.

DIY Skin Care Products

For the last 10 years or more I have been washing my face with homemade soaps and moisturizing with homemade body butter. I am a makeup wearer but very minimal and none on most summer days. I try to stay out of the sun as much as I can and never use sunscreen. Hats, umbrellas, tents and old fashion shade are my arsenal for the summer sun.

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I wash my face once in the morning and before bed. The soap is always made up of ingredients like, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil or other types of natural oils. My latest favorites are a unscented uncolored oatmeal baby soap, great for any parts that are sensitive. And my buttermilk and honey soap bar. Nothing better for your skin. Honey is naturally antibacterial, so its great for acne and extremely moisturizing. Buttermilk is rich in probiotic lactic acid and used for exfoliating the skin.

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The soaps are rich and creamy leaving my skin soft, feeling free and clear. Which leaves me not wanting to cover it up with layers of makeup. I hate having foundation on my face especially in the winters when I’m bundling all up with jackets, hats and scarfs where they rub against my face transferring my fake complexion all over those items. I’m not one to do laundry any more than I have to!

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Are you eating your honeycomb?

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5 Health reasons you should be chewing on honeycomb

The honey stored within the honeycomb is the purest, rawest form of honey, and the wax the honeycomb is made of has nutritional value and health benefits.
Honey straight from the honeycomb has all the main amino acids and necessary B, C, D and E vitamins. Honey also packs a punch of powerful and essential enzymes. By chewing honeycomb that is made out of beeswax, you are allowing an active biological compounds to enter your body.

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1. Good for your teeth:
Chewing honeycomb is actually an effective method in cleaning your teeth and gums, removing plaques, and disinfect oral cavity.
2. Allergy relief:
Chewing honeycomb regularly can help alleviate sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose especially during allergy seasons. Allergy symptoms often disappear after 30 minutes of continuous chewing.

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3. Raises good cholesterol and lower bad cholesterol:
Honeycombs have the same source of good fatty acids that is found in fish. Honeycombs have very long chain fats and alcohols. These fats aren’t just any kind of fats because it offers plenty of health benefits for the heart. Research claims that the fatty alcohols can significantly reduce bad cholesterol while at the same time increase good cholesterol.
4. Great for your skin:
Honey contains potassium which means that bacteria won’t be able to survive in it due to this ingredient. This makes it perfect for applying to the skin. Honey is used in treating scarring, facial moisturizer, mask and body scrub.

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5. Perfect energy booster:
The glucose in raw honey is absorbed by the body quickly and gives an immediate energy boost, while the fructose is absorbed more slowly providing sustained energy. It is known that raw honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar.

So in other words, getting your honey straight from the honeycomb is the purest honey you can find.

Honeycomb and Sunshine       Get your raw honey & honey comb HERE!

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Grab n’ Go

Honey Sticks

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Grab n’ Go!
Reid’s honey sticks are great to take with you to work and travel. Knowing that your always getting pure honey. Not only can you use them for your tea, coffee, hot water with lemon or even drizzled on top of a salad, toast and sandwich. They also are great for that sweet treat craving.

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They are approximately 1 tsp. of honey.

Snip off one end of the straw and either squeeze honey out or let it seep into hot liquid.

These make great party favors for showers & weddings.

Reid’s honey is a mixture of red & white clover and whatever else the bee’s find growing around them like blueberries and wild flowers!